ST. EDEN is based upon an 11-acre rocky knoll that is part of a beautiful estate located just north of the Oakville Crossroad. Eden is an historical reference to this region's designation on nineteenth century maps.
The red rocky soil of this northfacing site originates from high in the Vaca Mountains. St. Eden, which appeared first in the 2001 vintage, reliably shows great focus, an opulent "sweet" center and notes of crème de cassis, dark chocolate, and roasted herbs. Mineral-tinged and broad on the palate, the wine consistently displays fine-grained tannins and a lush concentration.
SOIL: Iron Rich fractured volcanic rock from a landslide.
ELEVATION: 145-188 feet
The 2009 St. Eden is more refined than the 2008, but is also remarkably weightless and understated. Dark red fruit, tobacco, flowers and spices are some of the notes that are layered into the textured, pretty finish. There is substantial weight in the glass. Silky, polished tannins frame the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.
Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (December 2011)
The 2008 St. Eden is one of the richest, fleshiest and best-balanced of the 2008s in the Bond portfolio. Dark red fruit, flowers, minerals and spices are some of the notes that take shape in the glass. The 2008 has the mid-palate pliancy that is less evident in some of the other 2008s here. There is plenty of focus as well, especially on the long, saline finish. Tar, smoke and licorice add the final notes of complexity. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028.
Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (December 2011)
Not surprisingly, the 2007 St. Eden flirts with perfection. Another Pauillac look-alike, it offers up glorious aromas of cedarwood, creme de cassis, spice box, high class unsmoked cigar tobacco, roasted herbs and a hint of mocha. The complex aromas brilliantly conceal the long aging in new French oak. This compelling, singular, full-bodied, multilayered, sensational Cabernet Sauvignon can be drunk early (because of the flamboyance and unctuosity of the vintage), but promises to provide thrilling consumption in 30+ years.
Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (December 2010)
From the valley floor vineyard in Oakville, the 2006 St. Eden has shed some of its tannic clout of last year and taken on a generously endowed style, with stunning black fruits, roasted herbs, sweet cassis, graphite, and new oak. Fleshy and even opulent (an anomaly for a 2006), this is an impressively endowed Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 25 years.
Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (December 2009)
Good medium ruby. Aromas of blackberry, crushed blueberry and menthol; a bit reminiscent of a very young vintage port. Then powerful, thick and deep, with chewy flavors of blueberry and minerals. Finishes with big, tongue-clenching tannins and superb length. Quite primary today and in need of at least several years of cellaring.
93 (+?) Points
Steven Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (May/June 2009)
Even more captivating than the 2005 Melbury, with extraordinary depth and palate presence is the dense ruby/purple-colored, full-bodied 2005 St. Eden. It possesses the bluer, blacker fruits that seem to come from this area of Pritchard Hill in addition to extraordinary notes of charcoal, acacia flowers, blueberry and blackberry liqueur. This seamlessly constructed 2005 is a sensational effort that is displaying even greater potential than I saw last year. It will drink beautifully for three decades.
Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (December 2008)
Good full ruby. Currant, tobacco, cedar, mocha and sweet oak on the nose, with a suggestion of singed fruit. Rich, creamy and broad; this is almost too big for the mouth. The sweetness of fruit and minerality here are utterly compelling and the wine's perfectly integrated acidity gives it a near-perfect balance. Finishes with noble tannins and outstanding persistence. A beauty.
Steven Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (May/June 2008)
The 2004 St. Eden seems to hit all the sweet spots on my palate. A wine of great complexity, richness, and intensity, with oodles of creme de cassis fruit and plenty of roasted herbs and meatiness, with exceptional power and richness, this wine has fleshed out since I had it last year, and seems to be destined to be one of Bond's most compelling wines, a full-bodied wine with great purity, richness, and beautifully integrated acidity, wood, and tannin. Give it 1–3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 25 years.
Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (December 2007)
Superripe yet supple and balanced, with deep, enticing blackberry, ripe plum and wild berry
fruit that's rich and concentrated, with a long, persistent finish. The tannins are firm and
structured. Best from 2009 through 2015.
Jim Laube, Wine Spectator (November 15, 2007)
The 2003 St. Eden offers full-bodied, sweet cigar tobacco, spice licorice, and meaty
characteristics, good richness and fatness, and huge concentration and intensity. Performing even better from bottle than it did from barrel, it is a strong candidate for the top wine of the vintage. Already accessible, this beauty should age effortlessly for 15–20 years.
Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (December 2006)
Good deep ruby. High-pitched nose dominated by black cherry. Dense and sweet but with a light touch. Distinctly minerally, sharply delineated wine that nonetheless seems less dense than the 2004 example. Still quite youthfully tight and firmly tannic, with an almost medicinal austerity. Today I don't find the liqueur-like sweetness this wine displayed from barrel, but this conveys an impression of brooding power and will require following.
93 (+?) Points
Steven Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (May/June 2006)
A rich, dense, harmonious Cabernet, with plush cassis, currant, blackberry and wild berry fruit that picks up a hint of plum and blueberry. The flavors explode on the finish, offering hints of anise and black cherry fruit that turn supple and elegant. Best from 2007 through 2014.
Jim Laube, Wine Spectator (November 15, 2005)
The inky/purple-tinged 2002 St. Eden Proprietary Red reveals notes of unlit cigar tobacco, beautiful blueberry and creme de cassis fruit, and notions of licorice, spice box, and incense. It is full-bodied, with wonderful sweetness and plumpness as well as a meaty richness that cascades over the palate with a seamlessness that must be tasted to be believed.
Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (December 2005)
More straightforward floral, black currant, licorice, and tar aromas jump from the glass of the
2001 St. Eden. A Pauillac-like personality filled with crème de cassis, cedar, pen ink, and lead pencil is found in this nearly perfect 2001. Drink it over the next two decades.
Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (February 2005)
A deep, rich, plush and concentrated wine, exhibiting a wide range of pure, ripe, spicy wild berry, black cherry, currant and plum, finishing with ripe, integrated tannins and a long, rich, persistent finish that echoes fruit and espresso bean. To be released in April 2005. Best from 2006 through 2012.
James Laube, Wine Spectator (October 15, 2004)